Matthew 24:17

Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let him which is on the house top, not come downe, to take any thing out of his house:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

let him that is on the housetop not go down to take out things that are in his house:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let not him who is on the house-top go down to take anything out of his house:
- Basic English Bible

let not him that is on the house come down to take the things out of his house;
- Darby Bible

Let him who is on the house-top not come down to take any thing out of his house:
- Webster's Bible

let him who is on the roof not go down to fetch what is in his house;
- Weymouth Bible

Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take out things that are in his house.
- World English Bible

come not doun to take ony thing of his hous; and he that is in the feeld,
- Wycliffe Bible

he on the house-top -- let him not come down to take up any thing out of his house;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 24:17


24:17 Let not him that is on the house top come down to take any thing out of his house - It may be remembered that their stairs used to be on the outside of their houses.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 24:17


Mt 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop. The flat roofs were sleeping places. All must be done without a moment's delay.

Discussion for Matthew 24

  • A disciple
    "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:5 When the disciples asked the Lord, What will be the sign of your coming? His response was simple and direct Don't be naive! Stay Awake! Don't let yourselves be foolishly misled by anyone and everyone who says, I'm a Christian! After that He goes on to describe the results of a world filled with impostors and hypocrites, ignorant and misguided, name only Christians. It will be just like it was in the days before the cataclysm: apostasy, worldliness, selfishness, consciences seared with a hot iron and scarred without feeling NO MORE HAVING ANY CARE TO KNOW THE TRUTH, QUIT SINNING, OR RECEIVE CORRECTION...eating and drinking and carrying on like the world will just go on for ever and no God influencing their lives! It will be the faithfulness and obedience of the true Elect that will provoke the wicked and the hypocrites to persecute us. Because of all these things, God will see no reason for letting the world continue and He will come!
  • Rev Gary Pitser
    I believe Matthew 24 and St Luke 21 are the same and both are talking about the Second
    Coming and not the Rapture of the Church.When they asked this question the Rapture
    was still a mystery Paul made it known after Christ was risen.
  • Daniel Jacobsen
    I believe that the Forerunner of this verse truly Isaiah chapter 40 verse 8.. Which states that the grass withers the flowers fade but the word of the Lord shall stand forever... But either way nothing changes the fact that the word of the Lord shall stand forever, Hallelujah!
  • A disciple
    "But know this, that if the GOODMAN of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up." The Archaic meaning of a Goodman is a Husband or House Manager, a manager of an estate, to till (the soil), to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily. We are under Charge to Manage Use and Keep His Property Wisely.
  • A disciple
    "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." While the narrative in Gen.6 describes how God saw the world full of apostasy corruption and violence; the people couldn't care less!
  • Edward Palamar
    The sign v.30 of the Son of Man in Heaven is St. John the Baptist resurrected for ca. 61.5 years thusfar .

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